The essential (not my first baby) baby buys

Monday, 25 February 2013

I'll be the first to admit it, I have a tendency to procrastinate. As exciting as it is to buy everything you need for a new baby, I enjoy the research and planning as much as the actual shopping part. Especially now that shopping leaves me exhausted with freakishly puffy feet.

So, now I find myself at 33 weeks (!) and I still haven't actually bought anything. Unless you count two vests and a babygro.

To me, this doesn't feel unusual. My friends however seem to find this behaviour bizarre. I must admit, recently realising that the pram could well take a month to arrive has prompted me to get a wriggle on. So, first things first, a list. Any excuse.

* A quick disclaimer - this is very much a 'list in progress'. Any comments/suggestions gratefully received.
  • Pram - the big purchase. Having sold our double buggy, I am taking this as the perfect excuse to persuade my hubby that we need a Bugaboo Cameleon. I have looked at a few different brands but this one comes out on top for me, for design features, function, the fact you can customise your colour scheme. Sadly it doesn't come out on top for price... but you can't have everything.
  • Cot/moses basket - we still have a lovely Izziwotnot moses basket which I bought for my daughter. Bedding and covers all washed and ready to go. 
  • Car seat - again, our good old Maxicosi will be spruced up so no need to purchase a new one, but I will need to look into pram adaptors so it can be used as part of a travel system.
  • Baby gym - currently leaning towards this one. Reviews are good but would love to hear thoughts from anyone that has it. Our last Baby Einstein gym has had most of its bits removed and scattered around the house, never to be seen again, so its pretty much just a mat now.
  • Monitor - our existing monitor has seen better days, so I would feel happier getting a new one. Not sure whether to go for a video or motion mat version. A bit more research needed methinks.
Now for smaller but essential items:
  • Babygros and vests - I'm already on the case with this one! Obviously, I have quite a few sleepsuits and outfits to recycle from beanies one and two, but there's nothing like picking out those tiny newborn outfits. I have a shopping trip planned this weekend for just that. I found some great vests from H&M which have a cross-over neck which means you can out them on from the bottom up - handy if your little one doesn't enjoy things being put on over their head. 
  • First toy - both beans had a small white soft animal as their first ever toy (you can see my daughter's in the photo above), so I plan to take them both out shopping to choose the toy for beanie number three.
  • Changing mats - plural. One for downstairs and one for upstairs. I don't plan on using a changing unit this time around - we bought one when I was pregnant with beanie number one and I can't say we used it a great deal - so a mat available for use wherever we are in the house is fine for me.
  • Muslins - an absolute essential. Also handy for DIY facials!
  • Swaddle blanket - I can't remember these being available when my two were babies. I'm sure they must have been and I just overlooked them at the time. They look great to me. I plan on investing in a few.
I need to get all the other obvious essentials too - nappies, breast pads, a large bottle of witch hazel for use post-labour (ouch). 

I better get cracking. That's a lot of puffy feet deflating to fit into seven weeks!

Mummy loves...

Saturday, 16 February 2013

Just a quick one today to mark a very special family event. Today my little man decided he was going to ride his bike without stabilisers. Just one or two wobbles and he was off!

What a superstar.

And he's off!
Definite proud mummy moment :)

Spill the beans

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

I'd like to set up a little corner of this blog to give my thoughts and ramble on about products that I have been using lately. I follow a number of blogs and love reading peoples' opinions on everything from beauty bits to recipes, books to baby products.

So... for my first 'spill the beans' I thought I would talk about a product which I rely on pretty heavily in my current beauty routine. Stretch mark oil. 

It's fair to say that I have developed a degree of OCD when it comes to slathering on the body oil recently. I managed to escape my previous two pregnancies relatively unscathed when it comes to the dreaded stretch marks, so I'm damned if they're going to catch up with me this time round.

I'll be the first to admit that I'm a bit of a stretch mark oil floozy - flitting from one brand to another, hoping that they will fulfil their promise to keep those pesky purple lines at bay. But, as I crossed the third trimester threshold, I thought it might be time to bring out the big guns and try something that I've often heard raved about, but never splashed out on.

Step forward Mamo Mio Tummy Rub Stretch Mark Oil...

Mamo Mio Tummy Rub Stretch Mark Oil (120ml) - £23
What can I say? It's love!

It may cost more than your average body oil, but boy can you tell the difference. The oil feels thick and luxurious to apply, sinks in beautifully and I love the smell. It is soothing and spa-like, rather than some of its sweeter smelling counterparts. I tend to prefer more natural scents, so this is right up my street.

But the million dollar question is, does it work? Well, the jury's still out on that one. I've only been using this for just over a month and I have another couple of months of 'stretching' to go before I can give my absolute verdict. But what I do know is that this product seems to be helping to relieve that irritating itchy tummy sensation and it has been a joy to use so far. 

I picked mine up from FeelUnique for £23, but you can also buy direct from the Mamo Mio website.

Next on my wish-list - Boob Tube Bust Firmer. With months of breast-feeding ahead of me, I'm going to need all the help I can get in that department!

Oh good grief, I'm pregnant!

Thursday, 7 February 2013

As strange as it sounds, this time around it has taken me until fairly recently to really *feel* pregnant. I have reached the 30 week milestone now and its like, all of a sudden, my body has decided to give me a bit of a wake up call.

Don't get me wrong, the first 12 weeks were pretty exhausting (not to mention queasy), but I think having two beans already to consider and a busy work/life balance to maintain, you kind of just get on with it.

Pretty much the minute I woke up having reached 30 weeks, my bump seemed to feel and look much bigger. Not only that but the braxton pickles ramped up a gear, my lower back felt decidedly stiff and I'm pretty sure I broke into my first 'pregnant lady waddle' at some point that day. Not to mention feeling utterly exhausted.

Well, hello third trimester, I've been expecting you!

Bambeanie bump - 30 weeks
A few days on and I seem to have adjusted a bit and am feeling a lot chirpier. It also occurred to me that I haven't bought anything at all for bambeanie yet. So I'm planning a bit of an 'essential baby buys' post in the very near future. And a cheeky trip to Mamas and Papas.

As I write this in bed I'm trying desperately to ignore the restless 'jelly leg' sensation I seem to get every night. What is that about!? But, on the other hand, the evening is when bambeanie really wakes up and does most of his/her wriggling - definitely one of my favourite bits of the day :)